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Nadal To Face Raonic In Montreal Final

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Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal is bidding for his 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.

SUNDAY PREVIEW – NADAL AIMING FOR 25th ATP MASTERS 1000 TITLE, RAONIC EYES FIRST 
• Spanish No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal aims for his 25th career ATP Masters 1000 title, while Canadian No. 11 seed Milos Raonic looks to win his first on Sunday in the finals at the Rogers Cup.  

• World No. 5 Nadal has never lost to World No. 13 Raonic in three previous meetings. The Mallorcan is 2-0 on hard, 1-0 on hard and has not dropped a set. This is the first time they are meeting in a final. They met in the semi-finals this year at Barcelona where Nadal won 64 60. Nadal has a career 23-4 vs. players ranked outside the Top 10 in finals, losing to No. 73 Horacio Zeballos at 2013 Vina del Mar, No. 19 Mikhail Youzhny at 2007 Chennai, No. 21 David Nalbandian at ‘07 ATP Masters 1000 Paris and No. 54 at’04 Auckland. Nadal will move from No. 4 to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday.

• The 27-year-old Nadal ended the 13-match winning streak of Novak Djokovic here with a 64 36 72(2) win on Saturday night to reach his 36th career ATP Masters 1000 final (24-11 in finals, 6-6 on hard). He is appearing in his 81st career ATP World Tour level final, 57-23 (7-2 in 2013) in finals. A two-time champion here (2005, ’08) he is looking to become the fourth player to win three or more titles here. 

• The 22-year-old Raonic advanced this first career ATP Masters 1000 final with a 64 16 76(4) victory over countryman Vasek Pospisil on Saturday. He is the first Canadian to reach a ATP Masters 1000 final. The last Canadian to reach the final here was Robert Bedard, who won the title in 1958 (d. American Whitney Reed). By reaching the final he will become the first Canadian to break the Top 10 in history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since August 23, 1973). He will go to No. 10 (from 13) and to No. 9 if he wins the title. He will be the youngest player in the current Top 10. He comes in with a 27-13 (19-5 on hard) record and was 17-6 through April. Since May is 10-7. He is appearing in his eighth career ATP World Tour final (4-3 record in finals).

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $ 547,300 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $ 268,350 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points

FINALS HISTORY –
Nadal Appearing in his 81st career ATP World Tour level final…57-23 in finals (7-2 in 2013)
Appearing in his 36th career ATP Masters 1000 final....... 24-11 in finals (6-6 on hard)
Raonic Appearing in his 8h career ATP World Tour final……….....4-3 in finals (1-0 in 2013)
Appearing in his 1st career ATP Masters 1000 final

2013 UPDATE – The first five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments of the season have been won by three of the Big Four – Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic (28 of the past 30 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments have been won by the Big Four going back to 2010 Monte-Carlo):
      Champion     Finalist
Indian Wells Rafael Nadal Juan Martin del Potro
Miami Andy Murray David Ferrer
Monte Carlo Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal
Madrid Rafael Nadal Stanislas Wawrinka
Rome Rafael Nadal Roger Federer

FOUR-TIME ATP MASTERS 1000 WINNERS – Nadal is trying to win his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title of the season (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome)..He accomplished this feat in 2005. Two years ago, Djokovic became the first player in ATP World Tour history (since 1990) to win five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in one year. The previous best was Federer (2005-06) and Nadal (2005), who won four in a season. Here is a look at the players who have won four (more) ATP Masters 1000 titles in the same year:
2011   Novak Djokovic Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Montreal
2006   Roger Federer Indian Wells, Miami, Toronto, Madrid
2005   Roger Federer Indian Wells, Miami, Hamburg, Cincinnati
2005   Rafael Nadal Monte-Carlo, Rome, Montreal, Madrid

CANADIAN MILESTONES THIS WEEK …
• Raonic is the first Canadian to reach an ATP Masters 1000 final (since 1990)
• Raonic is the first Canadian to reach his home country final since 1958 when Robert Bedard (d. American Whitney Reed)
• Raonic came in No. 13 and by reaching the final,  will become the first Canadian to break Top 10 in history of Emirates ATP Rankings (since August 23, 1973). He will go to No. 9 with a title
• Raonic and Pospisil were the first two Canadians to reach an ATP Masters 1000 semi-final 
• The last time two Canadians were in a ATP World Tour SF was 1990 Rio de Janeiro -  Andrew Sznajder in final (l. to Mattar) and Martin Wostenholme in SF (l. to Mattar)
• The last Canadian to reach the semi-finals here was Mike Belkin in 1969 (l. to Cliff Richey)
• Pospisil and Raonic were the first two Canadians to reach the quarter-finals here since 1989 when Grant Connell (l. to Lendl) and Andrew Sznajder (l. to Agassi)
• Pospisil and Raonic were two of a tournament record five Canadians in the second round, along with Frank Dancevic, Jesse Levine, and Filip Peliwo
• Six Canadians began the tournament – (WC) Frank Dancevic (l. to Janowicz in 2R), (WC) Jesse Levine (l. to Nadal), (Q) Peter Polansky (l. to Nishikori in 1R, (WC) Vasek Pospisil (vs. Raonic in SF), (WC) Filip Peliwo (l. to Istomin in 2R), and No. 11 seed Milos Raonic (vs. Polansky in SF)

THREE MORE CANADIAN TITLES (Open Era) – Nadal is trying to join the list of three-time champions: 
Ivan Lendl (6) 1980-81, 1983, 1987-88-89
Andre Agassi (3) 1992, 1994-95
Novak Djokovic (3) 2007, 2011-12

ATP MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Nadal has the most career ATP Masters 1000 titles (since 1990):
                                    No.
Rafael Nadal                  24                              
Roger Federer               21                    
Andre Agassi                 17                    
Novak Djokovic             14                    
Pete Sampras                11                     


ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 CAREER MATCH WINS LEADERS (Since 1990)
                     W-L Titles
Roger Federer 277-81  21
Rafael Nadal 253-48  24
Andre Agassi 209-73    17
Pete Sampras 190-70    11
Novak Djokovic 188-51  14 

SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP FED-EX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS 

Central


(4) Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs (11) Milos Raonic (CAN) Nadal Leads 3-0
10 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4
11 Tokyo (Japan) Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-3
13 Barcelona (Spain) Clay SF Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-0

A glance at the semi-finalists this week:
Nadal (4 matches) Raonic (5 matches)
Aces 18 (No. 10) 56 (No. 2)
1st Serve percentage 69% (No. 8) 60%
1st Serve points won 73% 80% (No. 2)
2nd Serve points won 60% (No. 5) 52% (No. 6)
Service games won 38 of 42, 90% (No. 2) 58 of 66, 88% (No. 7)
Break points saved 11 of 15, 73% (No. 8) 12 of 20, 60%
Break points converted 13 of 29, 45% 13 of 33, 39%
Return games won 13 of 43, 30% 13 of 68, 19%

NADAL FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights
:
• The 27-year-old Spaniard ended the 13-match winning streak of Novak Djokovic here with a 64 36 72(2) win on Saturday night to reach his 36th career ATP Masters 1000 final. He knocked off Aussie quallifer Marinko Matosevic 62 64 in the quarter-finals. On Thursday he rallied from 0-3 down in the second set to beat Jerzy Janowicz 76(6) 64 in the third round. In his opening match he dropped just two games against Canadian Jesse Levine, winning 62 60 in 1hr12min.
• He is a two-time champion here 2005 (d. Agassi) and 2008 (d. Kiefer) and playing here for the ninth time. Has a career tournament record of 25-6. He also reached the semi-finals in ‘07 (l. to Djokovic) and 2010 (l. to Murray). Playing here for the first time since falling to Ivan Dodig in the second round in 2011

2013 Highlights:
W(7): Sao Paulo (d Nalbandian); Acapulco (d Ferrer); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d Del Potro); Barcelona (d Almagro); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid (d Wawrinka); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (d Federer); Roland Garros (d Ferrer); F(2): Vina del Mar (l Zeballos); ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
• The Mallorcan native has made an impressive return this season, reaching the final in 10 of the 11 tournaments he has entered and comes in with a 47-3 (38-2 on clay, 9-0 on hard and 0-1 on grass) match record
• Playing in his 36th career ATP Masters 1000 final (24-11 record, 6-6 on hard) and 81st overall (57-23 record, 13-15 on hard). Will move from No. 4 to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday
• He is playing his first tournament since opening day of Wimbledon on June 24, when he suffered his first-ever 1R defeat in 35 Grand Slam championships, losing 76(4) 76(8) 64 to Belgian Steve Darcis, ranked No. 135 (lowest-ranked player to defeat at a major). Darcis was also the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal at any event since J. Johansson (No. 690) at 2006 Stockholm. Kuerten was the last reigning Roland Garros champion to lose in the Wimbledon 1R in 1997
• After missing the second half of last year due to left knee injury and missing the beginning of 2013 due to a stomach virus took a wild card into first clay court tournament of the season in Vina del Mar in February. On his return from injury he reached the final. Lost to Zeballos in three sets, final lasted 2h,47m; broke a 15-match clay winning streak (dating back to May 2010, l. to Verdasco at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid). Dropped to 36-5 in clay-court finals; since 2005, he has lost just 10 clay matches. In doubles, partnered Monaco to final (l. to Lorenzi-Starace in 2 sets)
• At Sao Paulo, he captured his 37th clay-court title (d. Nalbandian). It was his first trophy since winning at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic) in June 2012
• Won his 38th clay title and second Acapulco crown with two-set win over Ferrer. Finished Golden Swing with a 12-1 match record
• Beat Federer in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells QFs en route to a record-breaking 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, beating del Potro in three sets. It was his first hard-court title since Tokyo in October 2010. Recorded 600th career match win on March 17 over del Potro
• Saw his 46-match win streak come to an end at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo, the eight-time defending champion lost to Djokovic in final; lost one set to Dimitrov in QF. Prior to his loss, Nadal had won 81 straight matches on clay in the month of April
• Won the Barcelona title for the eighth time in nine years with straight-sets win over Almagro. Has won 39 straight matches at the event and 80 of 82 sets he’s played. Extended Spanish players title streak in Barcelona to 11 years running. Became the first player to win four titles in 2013
• Extended his record to 23 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles with his third Madrid crown (also 2005 and 2010) and 40th clay trophy (joint No. 2 with Muster in Open Era clay titles list). Beat Ferrer in QF, Andujar in SF and Wawrinka in final. Represented his 55th career title 
• Came through two three-set wins versus Gulbis (3R) and Ferrer (QFs) en route to 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome; beat Federer for the 14th time in a title match for sixth trophy of 2013 and 41st career clay crown
• On June 7, met Djokovic for 35th time – the joint most at tour-level in the Open Era – in the Roland Garros SF. Recovered from a 2-4 deficit in fifth set to win 9-7 to reach eighth final in Paris. Only second time he had been extended to five sets in 59 matches at Roland Garros (also 2011 1R vs. Isner)
• Became the first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times, breaking a tie with six other players for most titles at a single major. Beat Ferrer in three sets in eighth Roland Garros final. Now has 12 major trophies, moving into a third place tie with Roy Emerson on the all-time list; it was his 57th tour-level title overall and 42nd on clay

YEAR-BY-YEAR TITLES WON – Nadal is attempting to win his eighth ATP World Tour title this year and it would mark the third time in his career he was won eight or more titles:
No. Year
11 2005
8 2008
7 2013
7 2010
6 2007
5 2009
5 2006
4 2012
3 2011
1 2004

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Nadal is the leader in most wins on the ATP World Tour this year: 
                          W-L Titles
1) Rafael Nadal 47-3 7
2) David Ferrer 41-13 2
3) Novak Djokovic 42-7 3 
4) Tommy Haas 37-16 1
Tomas Berdych 37-15 0 

2013 TITLE LEADERS – Nadal leads the ATP World Tour with seven titles this season:
                         No.
1) Rafael Nadal 7
2) Andy Murray 4
3) Novak Djokovic 3
4) Seven players with 2

ACTIVE TITLE LEADERS – Nadal is No. 2 among active players on the ATP World Tour in career titles:
                                No.
1) Roger Federer       77
2) Rafael Nadal           57
3) Novak Djokovic       37
4) Lleyton Hewitt           28
    Andy Murray             28

RAONIC FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights
:
• The 22-year-old became first Canadian to reach an ATP Masters 1000 final with a 64 16 76(4) win over countryman Vasek Pospisil on Saturday. On Friday he was the second Canadian to reach the semi-finals here with a 76(3) 46 64 win over Ernests Gulbis. He opened with a 63 46 75 win over Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday. Followed with a 64 64 win over Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday. On Thursday, posted  a 75 64 win over No.6 seed Juan Martin del Potro
• He is playing here for the fourth time (6-3 record). Best result was reaching the QF last year (bye, d. Troicki in 2R, W/O vs Murray in 3R, l. to Isner)
• Fell in 1st Rd. in ‘09 (l. to No. 10 Gonzalez 6-4 in third set) as a qualifier and 2010 (l. to Hanescu)
• The last player outside the Top 10 to win here was No. 19 Guillermo Canas in 2002 (d. Roddick)
• The last player outside the Top 10 to win an ATP Masters 1000 event was coach No. 26 Ivan Ljubicic at 2010 Indian Wells (d. Roddick)

2013 Highlights:
W: San Jose (d Haas); SF: Barcelona (l Nadal)

2013 in Review:
• The top Canadian comes in with a 27-13 (19-5 on hard, 7-5 on clay, and 1-3 on grass) record. Last week fell in the 3R at Washington (l. to Matosevic). Began season 17-6 through April and since May is 10-7. Lone tournament he won back-to-back matches at Roland Garros, 3R (l. to Anderson)
• Playing in his first career ATP Masters 1000 final and eighth overall (4-3 in finals)
• Came in No. 13 and by reaching the final, will become the first Canadian to break Top 10 in history of Emirates ATP Rankings (since August 23, 1973) at No. 10. Will go to No. 9 if he wins the title
• Became the first player to win three straight San Jose titles in a row in the Open Era and the first since Trabert from 1953-55. Improved to 12-0 at the tournament and to 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals after hitting 19 aces to beat Haas. Faced only one break point in 39 service games during week
• In Grand Slam play (6-3 record), reached 4R at Australian Open for second time in his career (l. to No. 2 Federer) and became the third Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the 4th RD of a Grand Slam, after Laurendeau (1988 US Open) and Nestor (1999 Wimbledon).  Reached 3R at Roland Garros for the second year in row (l. to Anderson) and followed with 2R loss at Wimbledon (l. to Sijsling)
• Fell in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 4R (l. to Tsonga). On March 25, withdrew prior to ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 3R vs. Querrey due to strep throat
• In Davis Cup play won two singles matches (d. Fognini, Seppi) vs. Italy to help Canada reach Davis Cup SFs for first time (in Serbia next month). In 1st Rd. tie, went 2-0 in singles against Spain with wins over Ramos and Granollers
• Has a career 10-17 match record (1-3 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents (d. No. 7 del Potro here in 3R)

LOWEST RANKED WINNERS/FINALISTS AT CANADA (Since 2000) – Raonic is the ninth player ranked outside the Top 10 to reach the final here (since 2000). Players outside the Top 10 are 2-8 in finals:
• No. 144-Q Harel Levy l. to Marat Safin in 2000
• No. 51 Richard Gasquet l. to Roger Federer in 2006
• No. 43 Andrei Pavel d. Patrick Rafter in 2001
• No. 37 Nicolas Kiefer l. to Rafael Nadal in 2008
• No. 21 David Nalbandian l. to Andy Roddick in 2003
• No. 19 Guillermo Canas d. Andy Roddick in 2002
• No. 14 Richard Gasquet l. to Novak Djokovic in 2012
• No. 13 Milos Raonic vs. Rafael Nadal in 2013
• No. 12 Andy Roddick l. to No. 19 Guillermo Canas in 2012

LOWEST RANKED WINNERS/FINALISTS ATP MASTERS 1000 (Since 2009) – Raonic is 10th player outside the Top 10 the reach an ATP Masters 1000 final in the past five years. Players outside  Top 10 are 1-8 in finals:
• No. 69-Q Jerzy Janowicz l. to David Ferrer at 2012 Paris
• No. 36 Mardy Fish l. to Roger Federer at 2010 Cincinnati
• No. 26 Ivan Ljubicic d. Andy Roddick at 2010 Indian Wells
• No. 20 Tomas Berdych l. to Andy Roddick at 2010 Miami
• No. 16 Gael Monfils l. to Novak Djokovic at 2009 Paris
• No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka l. to Rafael Nadal at 2013 Madrid
• No. 14 Richard Gasquet l. to Novak Djokovic at 2012 Toronto
• No. 14 Gael Monfils l. to Robin Soderling at 2010 Paris
• No. 13 Milos Raonic vs. Rafael Nadal at 2013 Montreal
• No. 12 Fernando Verdasco l. to Rafael Nadal at 2010 Monte-Carlo

ATP MASTERS 1000 FIRST-TIME WINNERS (Since 2009) – Raonic is looking to become the fourth first time ATP Masters 1000 winner in the past five years:
David Ferrer d. Jerzy Janowicz at 2012 Paris
Ivan Ljubicic d. Andy Roddick at 2010 Indian Wells
Robin Soderling d. Gael Monfils at 2010 Paris

RAONIC CAREER FINALS –  Raonic is playing in his first career ATP Masters 1000 final and eighth overall (4-3 in finals, all on hard). Here are his previous results:
• 2013 San Jose d. Tommy Haas
• 2012 Tokyo l. to Kei Nishikori
• 2012 Memphis l. to Jurgen Melzer
• 2012 San Jose d. Denis Istomin
• 2012 Chennai d. Janko Tipsarevic
• 2011 Memphis l. to Andy Roddick
• 2011 San Jose d. Fernando Verdasco

CAREER VS TOP 5 OPPONENTS – Raonic has a career 2-9 record vs Top 5 opponents, previous results are:
• l. to No. 5 Rafael Nadal at 2013 Barcelona
• l. to No. 2 Roger Federer at 2013 Australian Open
• d. No. 3 Andy Murray at 2012 Tokyo
• l. to No. 4 Andy Murray at 2012 US Open
• l. to No. 3 Roger Federer at 2012 Halle
• l. to No. 3 Roger Federer at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid
• d. No. 4 Andy Murray at 2012 Barcelona
• l. to No. 3 Roger Federer at 2012 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells
• l. to No. 5 David Ferrer at 2011 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai
• l. to No. 2 Rafael Nadal at 2011 Tokyo
• l. to No. 1 Rafael Nadal at 2010 Tokyo

YOUNG STARS IN TOP 50 – Raonic is one of five players age 23-under in Top 50 Emirates ATP Rankings: 
No. 11 Kei Nishikori (23 years, 7 months)
No. 13 Milos Raonic (22 years, 7 months)
No. 18 Jerzy Janowicz (22 years, 8 months)
No. 31 Grigor Dimitrov (22 years, 2 months)
No. 41 Bernard Tomic (20 years, 9 months)

CANADIANS IN TOP 200 – Raonic is one of four Canadians in the Top 200 Emirates ATP Rankings:
No. 13 Milos Raonic
No. 71 Vasek Pospisil
No. 132 Jesse Levine
No. 169 Frank Dancevic

DOUBLES FINAL – FLEMING-MURRAY FACE PEYA-SOARES FOR CANADA CROWN 
• The unseeded British duo of Colin Fleming and Andy Murray face the No. 3 seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil in the doubles final at the Rogers Cup. 
• Fleming and Murray are playing together for the first time and both are playing in their maiden ATP Masters 1000 final. Murray won the singles title here in 2009-10. They are trying to become the first British duo to win an ATP Masters 1000 doubles title (since 1990).
• The 28-year-old Fleming hails from Linlithgow, Scotland. He has seven career doubles titles, 7-6 record in finals. This year he captured titles at Marseille (w/Bopanna, d. Qureshi-Rojer)) and Auckland (w/Soares, d. Brunstrom / Nielsen). He also reached the finals with Marray at Atlanta (l. to Roger-Vasselin -Sijsling) and Eastbourne (l. to Peya -Soares).
• The 26-year-old Murray is playing in his fourth career doubles final (2-1 record in finals), first since winning 2011 Tokyo (w/Murray, d. Cermak-Polasek) and first without his brother Jamie. He captured his first career doubles title at 2010 Valencia (d. Bhupathi-Mirnyi). They also reached the finals at 2006 Bangkok (l. to Erlich-Ram).
• The No. 3 seeds and current No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings team of Peya and Soares are looking to win their first ATP Masters 1000 titles and seventh overall (6-4 career in finals, 3-3 in 2013). This year they won titles in Sao Paulo (d. Cermak-Mertinak), Barcelona (d. Lindstedt -Nestor) and Eastbourne (d. Fleming -Marray). They also were finalists at ATP Masters 1000 Madrid and London / Queen’s Club (l. to Bryans both times) and Hamburg (l. to Fyrstenberg-Matkowski). Also reached semi-finals at Memphis (l. to Bryans), Acapulco (l. to Bolelli-Fognini) and ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to Huey-Janowicz) – their first ATP Masters 1000 SF. They have a career record of 57-19 (38-14 in 2013) and are playing together here for the first time.
• The 33-year-old Peya has eight career doubles titles (8-11 in finals). He is playing here for the first time and is playing in his second career ATP Masters 1000 final.
• The 31-year-old Soares has 14 career doubles titles (14-12 in finals). He is playing here for the third time, reached second round in 2009 (w/Ullyett, l. to Dlouhy-Petzschner) and 2011 (w/Hanley, l. to Bopanna-Qureshi). He is playing in his third career ATP Masters 1000 final, also reached the final of Monte Carlo in 2011 (w/Chela, l. to Bryans).

WHAT’S AT STAKE
• Winner: $169,500 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points
• Runner-up: $83,000 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points



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